Nanophotonics and plasmonics

Nanophotonics and plasmonics is the study of light at the nanometre-scale. Light can only be focused to a spot roughly half its wavelength in size (a few hundred nanometres for visible light). This limit can be surpassed by coupling light to electrons at the surface of a metal and creating surface plasmons.

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    The injection of rare-earth-doped upconversion nanoparticles into the eyes of mice allows them to visualize near-infrared light with a wavelength of ~1 μm.

    • Guochen Bao
    •  & Dayong Jin
    Nature Photonics 13, 304-305
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    A type of near-field curved light field generated right at the output of a dielectric cuboid is experimentally observed. It is expected to have interesting applications in imaging and manipulation.

    • Kishan Dholakia
    •  & Graham D. Bruce
    Nature Photonics 13, 229-230
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    By tailoring the anisotropy of light scattering along the surface of a macroscopic flat object, mechanical stabilization can be achieved without focused incident light or excessive constraints on the shape, size or material composition of the object.

    • Romain Quidant
    Nature Photonics 13, 227-228